Holding off rating due to need to read the previous books in the series. Once I have read those, then I will update the rating. I HATE reading out-of-Holding off rating due to need to read the previous books in the series. Once I have read those, then I will update the rating. I HATE reading out-of-order. ...more
I'll admit it, I read it because I was curious to see what the author could do with the first novel told from Grey's perspective intend of Ana's. I waI'll admit it, I read it because I was curious to see what the author could do with the first novel told from Grey's perspective intend of Ana's. I was hoping to get a better explanation of his actions, decisions and choices. I was giving the author a chance to clarify how Grey was helped and his life improved with him getting involved with this choice of lifestyle. It did not work for me. If anything, the narrative told from Grey's perspective just shows him as being even more immature than Ana was which is disturbing on so many levels. For someone who is a grown man who is in charge of so many businesses and successful, his reactions and thoughts did not ring "true" to me. And there was no real revelation or clarification of why Grey improved or growth of his character. He reacts mostly from fear. That is it. I was bored pretty quickly as there was nothing really new (which is not surprising as it is the same story told from a different perspective). I struggled through it and finished it out of pure stubbornness (I am bit of an idiot on being determined to finish a book even if it is not my cup of tea.) Ana was not quite as annoying as I did not have to hear her inner thoughts proclaiming her "inner goddess" was running amuck so I would figure that is worth a star at least.
Please keep in mind that I do not think I am the target audience for this novel as I was not a fan of the first three books, but read out of curiosity and request from others to give it a whirl. I read this one for the same reason. I would recommend it for those who prefer a very "fantasy" view (not realistic at all) of a "romantic relationship" with a bit of BDSM thrown in. Please also keep in mind that if you have triggers or find offensive a potential lover or partner who stalks, commands, obsesses and tries to control his lover that this is not the book for you. If you are into "dark, dangerous and obsessive" male lover types, then I guess this is the book for you. NOT SAFE OR RECOMMENDED for those under 18 as this is definitely adult erotica. I'll be trading it in at the local used bookstore as not a keeper for me as again, not my cup of tea. ...more
I had heard good things about this graphic novel from those who had been following on it on deviant art when it was just a bunch of strips and pinups.I had heard good things about this graphic novel from those who had been following on it on deviant art when it was just a bunch of strips and pinups. I was hesitant on reading it due to I rarely read lesbian focused comic books (Strangers In Paradise by Terry Moore is one of the few that I do recommend and it is NOT erotica) or erotica because most focus on the sex or it is written in a very unrealistic manner and not really my interest. As this story is focused on two ladies who both are interested in BDSM, i originally was ready to classify it as one of those types to avoid. However, after hearing such rave reviews for it in regards to the actual "sweet story" and "humor" I decided to give it a whirl as I was curious to see if it would be another 50 Shades of Grey (which to be honest, I found creepy/scary/abusive on the way the relationship was handled there). I am happy to say it was very well done. The female leads had realistic personalities that were flawed, but not to the point where it is all angst (a welcome relief after 50 Shades of Grey) and both grew in the story while showing vulnerabilities and humor in regards to their attraction as well as to their interest in BDSM. The story focuses on the introduction of these two characters offline and how their hopes of being able to find someone to TRUST to be able to be themselves without worry or stress or being taken advantage of was brilliantly sweet and romantic. It also opened up a portal into why these two are interested in BDSM (one is dominant while the other submissive) and their hopes, expectations and the way it held up to "reality" in the comic story was fascinating. I think my favorite line is where she wrote that when she was not "horny" that the roles and dialogue was cheesy or silly, but it worked for her either way. It is the first time I have read where an individual admits to that without making it all angst or feeling ridiculous. She owns it and moves on while still enjoying it. While the story is focused on Ally and Lisa meeting and hooking up, there is actually not that much overt sexual scenes. It actually is very tastefully done and the implication of what was done or is being done is there, but despite some nudity, kissing/cuddling and the talk of equipment and positions, it is very… i guess the word is soft porn? It isn't blatant which this reader appreciates it not focusing on the more graphic sexual scenes as it would be a distraction from the story. It is there though. It is BDSM and they are focused on having their needs fulfilled, but it isn't the primary focus of the art and it is not the primary focus of the story. It is erotica, but it actually has a sweet, potentially romantic relationship starting. While many will appreciate the comic for the more erotic element, there more to it than that and I think it would be a disservice to anyone who would not give it a whirl thinking that it is nothing but a sex comic.And the art works extremely well to convey the emotions (including the excitement and anxiety of a first "date" or the more goofy aspects of playing video games with a friend that has them friendly combating against each other. It was a very nice surprise and I recommend for MATURE READERS who enjoy or like a blend of erotica with romance and comedy erotic that explores the relationship of two females whose inclinations just happen to be into BDSM. Again, not for those who are offended by lesbians or bi-sexuals or BDSM itself. If you do not like such topics, then obviously avoid. ...more
This is Stephanie Evanovich's debut novel. I gave it a whirl as I love sassy heroes and heroines learning to get alone and grow to love each other witThis is Stephanie Evanovich's debut novel. I gave it a whirl as I love sassy heroes and heroines learning to get alone and grow to love each other with lots of humor and wit which is sort of what the back of the book promised. Honestly, It it is just not my cup of tea. The writer has great potential for a debut novel, but for me, it just did not work as a reader. I love humor in romances and I love to see character grow and learn with each other, but I honestly did not like either character as the focus on the physical acceptance hit to the point where I felt lectured at and the hero was a jerk. My own opinion of course. Others will probably enjoy it and I would not mind trying another book by this same author to see what she does next. Just this one…It did not work as an enjoyable or relaxing read. ...more
I do not think I am the targeted audience for this romance. Liked the lead hero, but the female lead was….a tad idiotic to be honest. Admittedly, sheI do not think I am the targeted audience for this romance. Liked the lead hero, but the female lead was….a tad idiotic to be honest. Admittedly, she had a traumatic past, but she did not seem to learn from it and instead kept bringing it up while continuing to do the same type of stuff that would put her in danger. Not quite what to think of Yvette as she was supposed to be all innocent, but learning to be independent and I just didn't get that from the story. The lead hero was pretty decent for this type of novel and appeared to be basically a good guy trying to help others who also happened to be a fighter (UFC popularity I guess brings these type of books in fashion). All the MMA fighters represented in these books are basically shown as being good guys (who just happen to love women and sex of course ….uh, if they are single, then why is this like an issue that has to be explained or defended?). Cannon seems kind of over-the-top type alpha hero and the "danger" was very simplistic and unrealistic on the way it was done. Also, how the hell do you show someone your strong by NOT taking seriously a stalker who is after you? I do not understand that reasoning at all. But that is the heroine's logic for you. For those who are offended by explicit sex scenes (or in the case of this one fellow's masturbation scenes… good thing it isn't a drinking game), I would suggest either skipping or skimming those parts or bypassing the book and leave it for those who that appeals to. If stupid heroines offend you, then I would suggest the same thing. Also, be advised that there is a prequel short story of these two characters that sets up the events for this book so it might help to read that first (instead of after like I did because I did not know there was a prequel and I loathe when this happens). It is the first book in a new series and this book does introduce you to the next couple in the series (which I will be avoiding as their potential "chemistry/romance" did not appeal to me either). I did not hate the book, but I will admit I am not fond of it and wished I had just borrowed it from the library instead of buying.
Recommend for fans of the more common contemporary romance with explicit sex scenes with a strong alpha male with a heart of gold and an innocent female trying to be independent (and failing as I do not think her definition of what it is matches up with my definition but that is MY opinion) who is in danger that he must help. As for me, I'll be trading it in at the local used bookstore so someone who will appreciate it will give it a good home. ...more
I usually adore Ms. Singh's novels. For some reason, this story just didn't work as well for me. I liked the characters, but overall, for ME, it was pI usually adore Ms. Singh's novels. For some reason, this story just didn't work as well for me. I liked the characters, but overall, for ME, it was predictable. All to the ending. I know many others though who will enjoy it though. For some, the twist of the relationship between "angel" and "vampire" will be something new and different. This book is the 4th book in the Guild Hunter series and focuses on Dimitri and Honor instead of Elana and Raphiel who were the focus of the first three books. They make an appearance of course, but that is it. The story itself is not bad, it is just for me, predictable. Also, some of Honor's trauma did not lend to reading about her more….different leanings sexually with Dimitri. Then again, what do I know? Going by how horribly she was traumatized in the past as well as in this story (though I won't say what so as not to soil it for anyone) in one scene, it just didn't work for me. You don't come back that easily and forgive that easily no matter how your brain tries to tell you it is okay. I might be biased on that front, but be warned the novel has some pretty trigger rape scenes and violent scenes. Death of innocent ones as well as bad guys, but be aware it is not all sweet romance as it goes from one to the other. Normally, this might work, but for some reason, this story did not for me. Recommended for fans of Ms. Singh's previous Guild Hunter novels or those who prefer a bit more BDSM in their stories or have an interest in Vampires/Angels working together or against each other (depend on how you view it). ...more
So far, I have only read one and half books by this author for this series. I got bored with Slade as it seems so contrived and unrealistic and the coSo far, I have only read one and half books by this author for this series. I got bored with Slade as it seems so contrived and unrealistic and the constant use of rape as a threat was old by all the villains. This one, I found more interesting as the heroine at least seemed more intelligent and the situations a bit more realistic compared to the two previous books I had attempted. While the reader missed out on the past where the Doctor and Moon actually really got to know each other (except in brief flashbacks) to fall in love, it still had more emotional attachment between the two leads than the Slade book which seemed all lust. Though there is plenty of that in here as well. It still reads as VERY SIMILAR to the Breed series by Lora Leigh, but enough of a difference not to bother me this time. Recommend for fans of the previous books of this author and general fantasy erotica/romance (with the focus more on how to get to the sex scenes than building up on character though again, this one is a vast improvement compared to the first two). ...more